Director’s Blog: April 2024

Late March and April bring the return of spring and we welcome the vibrancy and color of this season after the somber gray tones of winter. 

Much like spring, a recent mural by artist Dionne Bonner brings vitality to a formerly easy-to-miss corner of the South Tacoma Library building on South 56th Street and South Tacoma Way. On Saturday, March 29, Tacoma Public Library celebrated the completion of this mural with a reception for Dionne Bonner and her team along with the Tacoma Tree Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, and the City's Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality

Guests were able to tour the mural, hear remarks from library and partner representatives, enjoy custom cupcakes and buttons featuring Dionne's artwork, participate in hands-on arts activities, and even take home a free tree from the Tacoma Tree Foundation. 

In her remarks, Dionne said that she was inspired by the rich cultures of South Tacoma as well as the library's vision to be radically welcoming. In turn, Dionne has helped this vision materialize. We invite you to visit the new mural and stop into South Tacoma Library or any of our locations to experience all of the other ways Tacoma Public Library shows a dedication to our vision of being radically welcoming.

Thank you for supporting your libraries!

Kate Larsen, Director